Archive for the ‘Healthcare’ Category

African American Marrow Donors Needed

Monday, September 3rd, 2012

( According to, many African American patients with Sickle Cell Anemiacannot find marrow donors. There are 8 million people on the Be The Match Registry but only 7% are African American. Sarah Brooks Horan of the National Marrow Donor Programprovided information to assist African Americans with completing a donor application. There is a shortage of African American on the registry said Sarah Horan. “Assisting with the completion of donor applications is giving patients a chance to survive.”

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Workout hair and the African American woman

Sunday, August 12th, 2012

( Dealing with hair during a workout doesn’t have to be difficult or a burden. For the millions ofAfrican American women in America, hair is a hot topic. From infancy, the black woman is raised to believe her hair is her ‘crown and glory’ and at all cost one must maintain its upkeep. Whether, that is dedicating one’s own time to managing and styling it, or shelling out thousands of dollars a year for a stylist to work his/her magic with chemical relaxers, treatments, colorings and weaves, the African American woman’s hair is of upmost importance to her appearance. As a matter of fact, hair is such a vital part of black culture that many women have and, are sacrificing physical fitness in order to maintain a great hairdo.

According to a study conducted on 103 African American women in 2008, by Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, 31% of the women surveyed refused to exercise citing the ruining of their hairstyle as their main deterrent. This is problematic because 50% of African American women are considered obese. What is more, the American Obesity Association has noted that 80% are classified as overweight and are at a higher risk of becoming obese in their lifetime.

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African American Mental Health Services A Concern In California, Study Says

Saturday, July 21st, 2012


(Huffington Post) African Americans across the state have concerns that their mental health assessment and diagnoses are inadequate, according to a state-commissioned reportissued today.

These inaccurate psychiatric assessments are a “part of the problem that leads to disparate outcomes,” the report said.

“People felt like they did not have a good assessment (from their provider) to understand what their particular issues are,” said V. Diane Woods,the founding president of the African American Health Institute of San Bernardino County and primary author of the study. “And if you are not getting a good assessment, you are not getting a good plan or care, and it increases the probability that you will be placed on the wrong medication.”

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Childhood abuse linked to adult obesity in black women, study says

Saturday, July 7th, 2012


(Chicago Tribune) Higher levels of childhood physical or sexual abuse are associated with an increased risk for obesity among adult African American women, researchers said.

It was the first study to look at a large group of African American women for this association, which has been found among women in previous studies, the researchers from Boston University said in the August issue of the journal Pediatrics.

The association was “modest, statistically significant” for women who reported severe abuse early in life. And the researchers note that caregivers could take this into account when working with children to prevent obesity.

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Incarceration: when HIV infection does discriminate

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012


(Guardian) The last thing you want to find out when you're serving out a jail sentence for drug possession is that you are HIV positive. That is what happened to Waheedah Shabbazz-El, a former US postal worker who developed a serious drug addiction that ultimately led to her being sent to prison for six months.

"Jail is a terrible place to find out you have Aids," Waheedah said. She later learned that as an incarcerated African American, she already had two strikes against her when it came to the likelihood of being diagnosed with HIV. Increasingly, it seems the two issues are more than a little intertwined.

The rate of HIV among prisoners in America is five to seven times higher than it is among the general population, with African Americans and African-American women, in particular, having far higher rates of infection than any other group. Black Americans are seven times more likely than white Americans to become infected.

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Study: Black Teens and Meditation

Sunday, June 10th, 2012


(The Root) The authors of one new study are saying that exercise doesn't work as well for black teen girls – a claim that leaves us with more questions than answers — but there is also some positive (if not totally surprising) health news out about African American out this week.

In a refreshing change from all the doom and gloom, a study of black teens with high blood pressure published in the Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine journalfound that those who meditated twice a day for 15 minutes had lower left-ventricular mass, an indicator of future cardiovascular disease.

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Asian Americans and HIV/AIDS – Twenty Years Later and Still Fighting Invisibility

Saturday, May 26th, 2012


(Huffington Post) I recall stepping into a large auditorium. It was the first time that I had entered such a multi-racial gathering around the issue of AIDS and HIV. The opportunity to address such an audience was both scary and electrifying. I knew the challenges I had faced in trying to serve Asian-American clients in the early days of the epidemic. I can still hear their stories of feeling invisible, ashamed, and confused. But at that moment, it was time to connect that set of experiences with other communities and build a movement for prevention, care, mutual support, and treatment.

That was November 1990. It was a time when many HIV- and AIDS-serving and advocacy organizations in ethnic minority communities were just forming. Organizations such as the Asian & Pacific Islander (API) Wellness Center — now a community institution and founder of National Asian & Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day — were just coming together. At the same time, the Gay API community was organizing, raising awareness amongst APIs generally, and trying to counter their invisibility in the mainstream arena.

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Black Boys at Risk for ‘Cutting’ Behavior?

Sunday, May 13th, 2012

(The Root) Research is poking holes in another stereotype, but this time the news is bad for African-American boys. A recent study has uncovered new data on young black males' susceptibility to engage in self-harming behavior, commonly called "cutting." Turns out that, contrary to conventional wisdom, it's not just for white girls.

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Growing Asian-American Communities Underrepresented

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

(Epoch Times) Asian-Americans are the fastest-growing community in the United States and their businesses are more likely to create jobs than any other, but they are largely ignored by government and political parties, according to recent research.

The Asian-American population grew 46 percent, to over 17 million, between 2000 and 2010—faster than any other group, including Latinos, the 2010 U.S. Census reported.

Asian-American entrepreneurs are also great drivers of the economy, owning more than 1.5 million businesses, employing around 3 million people, and turning over an annual payroll of nearly $80 billion.

This success, however, tends to overshadow real needs that exist in Asian-American communities.

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Groups Looks to FDA to Tweak Staple of Latino Cuisine to Benefit Hispanic Women

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

(WNYC News) The Food and Drug Administration is considering a petition that could benefit Hispanic women by allowing the addition of folic acid, or folate, to the corn flour — a staple in many Latino foods — to help reduce birth defects.

Pregnant Hispanic women are more likely to have children with neural tube defects than other women, new research suggests

 “Most of the Hispanic women … don’t eat the wheat flour products that the more acculturated Hispanic women and the non-Hispanic white women are prone to eat,” said Dr. Alan Fleischman, a pediatrics professor at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Instead, they eat foods made from masa corn flour, the main ingredient in tortillas and tamales.

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